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Space superiority remains vital to national security

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Carlin Leslie Gen. William Shelton reviews his notes before testifying April 3, 2014, in front of the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on strategic forces, in Washington, D.C. Shelton is the Air Force Space Command commander, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. William Shelton, the†commander of†Air Force Space Command, highlighted…

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Fourth AEHF protected communications satellite begins integration months ahead of schedule

The fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite produced by Lockheed Martin is taking shape after early deliveries of its payload and propulsion core. AEHF-4, expected to launch in 2017, will enable the constellation to reach full operational capability.

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Northrop Grumman ships payload module two months early for AEHF satellite

Northrop Grumman Corporation continued its record of shipping Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite payload modules ahead of schedule when the fourth arrived Feb. 11, nearly two months early, at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., AEHF system prime contractor.

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Increased space, cyber threats top concerns for AF Space Command

Gen. William L. Shelton, Commander of Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., addresses Air Force Association Members during the Pacific Air and Space Symposium in Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 21, 2013. Shelton discussed the importance of space and cyberspace operations and the foundational capability they provide to our nation and joint military…

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Lockheed Martin GPS III successfully communicates With GPS constellation

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed, a full-sized, functional GPS III satellite prototype, now at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., recently communicated via cross-links with Air Force flight-like hardware simulators for the GPS IIR, GPS IIR-M, and GPS IIF satellites, which make up the bulk of the current GPS satellite…


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Sierra Nevada Corporation successfully completes Dream Chaser nose landing gear test

Posted  July 20, 2012

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems has successfully completed testing of the nose landing gear for the Dream Chaser(r) orbital crew vehicle. This milestone evaluated the impact forces experienced by the landing gear at the front of the vehicle, the nose, in order to ensure safe runway landing capability of the Dream Chaser during approach and…

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Boeing claws back ground lost to Airbus

Posted  July 20, 2012

Boeing beat Airbus in the aircraft order stakes at this year’s Farnborough Airshow, booking potential deals worth more than double the size of its European arch-rival. Though the highlight of its week was unveiled July 12 in Chicago, Ill., where it announced a United Airlines order for 150 aircraft, Boeing said it took total orders…

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NASA selects launch services contract for Jason-3 mission

Posted  July 20, 2012

NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies of Hawthorne, Calif., to launch the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Jason-3 spacecraft in December 2014 aboard a Falcon 9 v1.0 rocket from Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The total value of the Jason-3 launch service is approximately $82 million. This estimated cost includes the task…

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Pratt & Whitney delivers first engines for Boeing C-17s to India

Posted  July 20, 2012

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has delivered the first four F117 engines for the Indian Air Force to power its fleet of Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft. India’s Ministry of Defence signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance with the U.S. government in 2011 to acquire 10 C-17s. India will…

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NASA commercial partner SpaceX completes Dragon design review

Posted  July 20, 2012

HAWTHORNE, Calif. – NASA partner Space Exploration Technologies has completed an important design review of the crewed version of its Dragon spacecraft. The concept baseline review presented NASA with the primary and secondary design elements of its Dragon capsule designed to carry astronauts into low Earth orbit, including the International Space Station. SpaceX is one…

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Lockheed Martin-built JCSAT-13 satellite begins service for Sky Perfect JSAT of Japan

Posted  July 20, 2012

The JCSAT-13 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin for SKY Perfect JSAT of Japan, is now ready for service following successful on-orbit deployment and checkout of all...

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DOD officials explain sequestration dangers

Posted  July 20, 2012

Pentagon officials continue to work to avoid the looming threat of sequestration, Frank Kendall, the new undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said July 16. Kendall spoke to Pentagon reporters in his office about sequestration, and the effect it would have on the department and the defense industrial base. Sequestration comes out of…

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New acquisition chief describes goals, challenges

Posted  July 20, 2012

Frank Kendall describes his new job as all about supporting the new defense strategy and the budget that puts that strategy in place. “My job on the acquisition, technology and logistics side of the house is to execute in support of that strategy,” the new undersecretary of defense for the same portfolio told reporters at…

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Air Force general explains force structure decisions to Congress

Posted  July 20, 2012

The Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs testified on proposed force structure changes before the House Armed Services Committee July 12. Lt. Gen. Christopher Miller answered...

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Base computers migrating to central Air Force network

Posted  July 20, 2012

Computer users at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., will soon migrate to the central Air Force Network. Over a 40-day period beginning July 23, technicians will begin migrating workstations, network users and e-mail addresses into the AFNet. The goal of this project is to collapse all individual or stand-alone Air Force, Air Force Reserve,…

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